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Wednesday, March 3rd

PTACC "Conversations with the Field"
First Responder Leadership in Enhancing Deflection, Ensuring Racial and Ethnic Parity, and Facilitating Collaboration with Community-based Partners and Stakeholders
Friday, March 12th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
On March 12th, the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) Public Safety Strategy Workgroup will host a roundtable discussion on the importance of collaboration among police, treatment providers, and the community in the practice of deflection and pre-arrest diversion. Featuring three panelists currently engaged in this work, the discussion will focus on their shared front line experiences that correlate to the Public Safety Strategy Workgroup’s focus areas of 1) first responders and behavioral health partner collaboration; 2) ensuring equity in all aspects of deflection/diversion, including treatment; and 3) authentic law enforcement engagement with program partners and stakeholders, as well as with the community they serve. Register now. 

You can also watch past Conversations with the Field here.

Future conversations:
 April 7th: A Conversation with PTACC’s Prosecutor Workgroup
 April 21st: A Conversation with the Stigma Reduction Strategy Area

Upcoming Strategy Area Calls- add them to your calendars!
Children & Families 
Thursday, March 18th from 11-12pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 828-528-5039‬
PIN: ‪328 754 164‬#

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Nikki Munoz,
Learn more.
Treatment, Housing, & Recovery
Wednesday, March 24th from 1-2pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 413-853-0790‬
PIN: ‪759 173 897#‬

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Nikki Munoz,
Learn more. 

Community, Diversity, & Equity 
Thursday, March 25th from 1-2pm ET
Join online. 
Call-in # 567-234-0158‬
PIN: ‪473 497 611‬#

Contact the Strategy Area Advisor, Chico Tillmon,
Learn more.
Research Study: Recovery Research Institute 
Update on the Evidence for Alcoholics Anonymous Participation
Despite Alcoholics Anonymous’ (AA’s) long-standing international popularity, there has been debate about its clinical and public health utility. Through a meta-analysis of 27 studies on AA,  The research team found that AA/12-Step Facilitation was overall better than other empirically-supported treatments in facilitating continuous abstinence and remission and was at least as effective as other well-established treatments in reducing intensity of drinking, alcohol-related consequences and severity of alcohol addiction. Read the full study.

Some findings: 
  • AA produces rates of alcohol abstinence and alcohol use comparable to first-line clinical interventions, and outperforms them over follow-up. 
  • AA is associated with large economic savings. 
  • Across a 3-year follow-up, one study found AA participants with severe AUD had alcohol-related outcomes similar to outpatients receiving clinical addiction treatment. 
  • AA typically confers benefits by mobilizing multiple therapeutic factors. 

Research Study: Rural Justice Collaborative
Collaborative Begins Study of ‘Best Practices’ in Rural Justice Reform
A group of reformers that includes judges, prosecutors, public defenders and treatment providers has begun a series of meetings to identify ways to introduce justice reforms tailored to the needs of rural America. The Rural Justice Collaborative (RJC), funded by the State Justice Institute, was launched last October in response to research that shows “rural Americans are more likely than urban residents to be jailed, [suffer] overdoses, and lack access to substance abuse and mental health and public health services,” according to a recent statement. Read more.

Deflection Program Evaluation, Research, and Software
PTACC: Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion: Choosing the Right Technology for your Program
In this “Conversations with the Field,” four companies were showcased that provide software for deflection and pre-arrest diversion sites. Data are critical to understanding the individual-and community-level impacts of deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs over time. Panelists previewed and provided information on software that allows program managers to enhance data collection and analysis to inform the delivery of deflection services. Watch the Conversation

PTACC: Let's Talk About Research: The Key to any Great Program
In this “Conversation with the Field,” researchers discussed how evaluating deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs is critical to understanding their individual- and community-level impacts over time, and whether or not they are achieving certain goals. There also was discussion about the need for cooperation between researchers and practitioners for success in the field. Recording available soon at the Frontline Responders Network YouTube channel.

Lex Loci Labs: How to Manage and Grow Your Pre-Arrest Diversion Program
Lex Loci Labs offers a customized pre-arrest diversion case management platform for administrators to efficiently manage diversion programs, facilitating a more cost-effective and equitable justice system. In a 15-minute webinar, learn how Lex Loci’s diversion management platform can help you efficiently manage your program, from officer referral through program completion and recidivism tracking. Watch it here

Resources: COSSAP
Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program
Other COSSAP resources and offerings available at the resource site.

A message from the Treatment, Housing, and Recovery Strategy Area
Greetings, current and hopefully soon to be members of the Treatment, Housing, and Recovery Strategy Area! While on hiatus, we have had ample opportunity to reflect on the way forward for our group. It occurred to us that the fundamental question at the beginning and end of so many deflection related conversations, "Deflect to what?", has yet to be adequately answered.  

It is more critical than ever that we start creating meaningful answers or pathways to solutions, or the deflection movement might collapse under the weight of unmet expectations. The November elections have opened the door for potential generational changes in policy. 
To get there, we need new folks, including those with "boots on the ground" experience and fresh ideas to join us in open dialogue. Our next call is scheduled for Wednesday the 24th at 1pm ET. Join our call today online or by phone (413) 853-0790‬, PIN: ‪759 173 897#‬. Calls will be recurring monthly on the fourth Wednesday. Questions? Email Nikki Munoz, 


PTACC's Deflection Classifieds

Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit (@RxSummit)
April 2021: Virtual annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what's working in prevention and treatment.

National Council for Behavioral Health 
May 2021: The largest conference in mental health and addiction care.

West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
June 2021: Promoting the design, provision, and monitoring of outcomes-based substance use disorder services.

National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children
August 2021: Training on research and best practices to help DEC, their families, and communities.

PTACC: Training and Technical Assistance Conference
October 12-15, 2021, Chicago
More information coming soon.
Check out info from our last conference here.

Did you see it?
The Rise of Person-First Language in Criminal Justice Reporting
A growing number of journalists are turning to person-first language to avoid using dehumanizing labels or defining people by their involvement in the justice system. A recent article from Poynter’s Morgan Godvin and Charlotte West explores the connection between humanizing language, public perception of justice issues, and societal change. Read the article.

Online Training Courses for First Responders
This issue of The Dialogue from the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) highlights trainings available for first responders to help mitigate the stress and trauma they encounter on the job. Articles in this issue mention trainings that are available online and free of charge, and the importance of self care. Trainings mentioned include Shield of Resilience, Service to Self, and Creating Safe Scenes. The Dialogue Volume 16 Issue 2.

News from PTACC National Partners:
Operation 2 Save Lives and QRT National Announce Merger

Operation 2 Save Lives (O2SL) and QRT National announced this month that they have combined O2SL with QRT National. Read the full announcement.

Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities Announces New President and CEO
The board of directors of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) has named Joel K. Johnson, a recognized Chicago-based behavioral healthcare leader, as its next president and CEO. Read more.
Want to get involved in the growing field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion?
Then join a PTACC Strategy Area

Check It Out! The PTACC National Pre-Arrest Diversion Resource Website.

PTACC is the NATIONAL voice of the pre-arrest diversion field and provides vision, leadership, advocacy, and education to facilitate the growth and practice of deflection and pre-arrest diversion across the United States.
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